Elementary Experiments in Psychology

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CHAPTER XV
AFFECTIVE TONE

For Two.

1. Color Preferences.--Each of the eighteen colors supplied in the book envelope is to be compared with every other for the purpose of securing systematic expressions of preference.*

In each note-book cross-rule a page into nineteen spaces in the horizontal direction and nineteen in the vertical. Insert vertical and horizontal headings as in the table below, which gives numerical order to the six colors and their respective tints and shades.

Lay a white paper in such a position on a board or book that it shall be at right angles to O's line of vision, in good light and comfortable position for him. Present two colors at a time, placing them systematically about an inch apart on the white paper, and require O to decide which of the two is more pleasing or less displeasing. The decision should be immediate and intuitive, and free from associations. The table shows

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This experiment is based on Titchener, "Experimental Psychology, Qualitative," Ch. XXI.
Avoid theorizing or catering to what ought to be or what would give the best showing as an expression of culture, etc. Let It be a naïve and sincere expression of preference entirely independent of the use of the colors.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Chapter I- Visual After-Images 1
  • Chapter II- Visual Contrast 13
  • Chapter III- The Visual Field 23
  • Chapter IV- Visual Space 39
  • Chapter V- Auditory Space 55
  • Chapter VI- Tactual Space 71
  • Chapter VII- Cutaneous Sensations 82
  • Chapter VIII- Weber''s Law 91
  • Chapter IX- Mental Images 104
  • Chapter X- Association 118
  • Chapter XI- Memory 131
  • Chapter XII- Apperception 144
  • Chapter XIII- Attention 158
  • Chapter XIV- Normal Illusions 172
  • Chapter XV- Affective Tone 191
  • Chapter XVI- Reation-Time 205
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